The work continues. We are bringing back, for its sixth year, #TheSeason. We didn’t do these first year, but have ever since. It’s something nobody else does. We compile all season records and write a wrapup for each team.
We are into the homestretch of the second round of random selections from the 11 districts (in round 3, we’ll include independents in the mix). Our 21st team overall was randomly selected and Baldwin was the second team chosen out of 1A-District 4.
You can see everything I have on the Indians in 2019-20 here –> BALDWIN
Win/loss record: 0-12 in dual meets reported to Matmen. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Indians’ performance in IBT events. We MAY have been missing one of Baldwin’s duals, as I had the Indians wrestling Robert E Lee on the same date that the Generals wrestled FSDB.
Season in a nutshell: Due to still-significant experience and manpower disadvantages, Baldwin still struggled against area competition in its second year as a program, starting at Orange Park’s Raider 8-Way on December 4, where the Indians were 0-5. They finished 12th at Gateway Conference rival Terry Parker’s two-day IBT, the Arlington Optimist Invitational, on the 6th and 7th. The following weekend, Baldwin made the trip over to Fernandina Beach for its inaugural Dual in the Dunes, going 0-5 there. That was it for competition for the Indians until mid-January, when they fell in a midweek dual on the 16th and then placed 11th at Gateway Conference rival Westside’s one-day roundrobin tournament. After a dual loss on the 28th, Baldwin was 15th at the Gateway Conference tournament out at Fletcher on January 31st and February 1st. The Indians finished something other than last at districts, taking seventh out of eight teams at the 1A-District 4 event on February 19 and placing 28th at regions the following weekend at Wakulla. Baldwin will lose just one graduating senior, and can call upon three individuals with either post-season experience or 15+ matches. The Indians have a couple of others who fell just short, due to varying circumstances, on the match level, that might be able to join them in 2020-21.
Note: Records are as reported to Matmen, not as reported to district host.
Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2020-21 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Caleb Hellard (7th, 1-15 at 126, did not compete in post-season traditionals); Taylor Davenport (7th, 1-7 at 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Samuel Barnum (senior, 6-12 at 220, 1 match from regions).
Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Johnatan Santiago (8-10 at 160, district 4th, 1-2 at regions).
2019-20 MVP: From a consistency basis, senior Johnatan Santiago has been Baldwin’s most capable competitor in the program’s first two seasons, and showed that capability by qualifying for the Region 1 tournament in his final season. Santiago was 3-2 at Raider 8-Way, but couldn’t find any traction at Optimist later on that weekend. He was held out of the lineup until mid-January, but then found a win at Gateway on the consi side, and rallied from an early-round loss at districts to punch his way into the Wakulla Region 1 field, where he became the first Baldwin wrestler to win a match at the region level.
2020-21 captain: Junior Remington “Remmy” Hoke was looking at being the most promising wrestler on the team this year, with a 4-1 start — on 3 pins — at Raider 8-Way, but an injury-default loss at Arlington Optimist kept Hoke out of the competitive lineup for six weeks and a second injury sustained in the consis at Gateway knocked him out for the rest of the season. Hoke is proof that Baldwin wrestlers can compete in the area, and, if he can stay injury-free in his senior season, I suspect that he’ll show it.
Zander Laurin Warrior: We did not see a result from 6th-grader Taylor Davenport until late in January, and had just three outcomes — that we knew of — going into the post-season. Davenport’s first exposure to major tournament wrestling came against one of the elite programs and a state-qualifier threat in the first round, and the result was, perhaps, somewhat predictable. After a bye in the first consi round, Davenport took on a wrestler four years older and a two-year starter. In the moment of truth, Davenport found his way to a fall, reaching the medal round and extending his season by another week. For persevering in the face of adversity, Taylor Davenport is the Zander Laurin Warrior for Baldwin.
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